Food insecurity is an issue, especially for seniors, children under 18 years and adults with disabilities, who make up almost 66 percent of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients in this country, as well as for the 58 percent of working-age, non-disabled adult SNAP recipients who work while getting SNAP, earning wages below living costs. These hurdles are not due to a lack of work or effort, but due to systematic barriers such as gender, socioeconomic class and age.

Fourteen percent of Maine residents use SNAP; most are working-class citizens in both urban and rural areas. Many people who need SNAP already do not qualify for other forms of assistance. By cutting off access to affordable, nutritious food for an estimated 4 million in-need Americans who have been oppressed by our federal government, further restrictions on SNAP could ultimately kill them. The Trump administration is using SNAP budget slashes as a way of saving money for other careless spending, by further isolating and restricting the food-insecure population in America.

Ashley Kulesza